To assist young professionals in reaching higher potential through community development, networking events, training opportunities, and recognizing achievements for the purpose of attraction and retention in the community.


To be recognized as the principal representing body of young professionals in Sault Ste. Marie. Through our membership and community involvement, we can work together to make an impact in our community and provide a voice for young professionals. These benefits will provide an incentive for young professionals stay and grow within the city of Sault Ste. Marie.

About Strive

Strive was developed in 2012 by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce to fill a representation gap for individuals between the age of 19 to 40. This subcommittee of the Sault’s Chamber of Commerce has an elected executive which is rotated annually based on its active membership’s votes. The elected executive of Strive works with other groups, individuals, and businesses inside of the community to provide networking events, learning development opportunities, and community involvement initiatives.

2017 Strive Executive

Ashlee Gerard - Nogdawindamin Family & Community Services
I am the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Services at Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services. With a full year as chair under my belt, I have a better understanding of the wants and needs of our membership and executive and look forward to serving the network better. I thrive in growing, innovative work environments with opportunity for advancement.
Vice Chair
Greg Lefave - Superior Auto Group
I am the President of the Superior Auto Group in Sault Ste Marie, representing Chrysler, Nissan and Thrifty Car Rental. As a new member of the Strive executive, I look forward to helping the team achieve their growth goals and add a fresh perspective to an already successful core.
Mary Garside - Pinchin Ltd.
I am a Project Manager with Pinchin Ltd., an environmental engineering and consulting firm specializing in Environmental Due Diligence and Remediation. I coordinate spill management and remediation, commercial and residential assessments and audits and manage field and on-site environmental projects throughout northern Ontario. I am associated with Rotaract, STRIVE, the Sault Steelers and Sault Women in Business, bringing my enthusiasm and ambition to the Sault Ste. Marie community. I am delighted by the interest in the community for young professionals and the ambition of our local young leaders. I hope to continue the support and growth of STRIVE as an essential group to the diversity and prosperity of our city.
Finance Officer
Dean Beilhartz - Sun Life Financial
As a financial advisor, I’m also a small business owner. I work with individuals, families, and business owners of all ages, preparing for the future and protecting against the financial impact of unexpected health and life events. This is my second year on the Strive executive. Within our membership you’re sure to find other individuals just like you, to network and share ideas with. Meet new people, create partnerships, and help drive the Sault forward!
Events Officer
Carly Creagh - Freedom 55 Financial
With a B.A. in Community, Economic and Social Development, my passion is strengthening community and helping others. During my last employment with a non-profit, following a position at a local financial institution, I was approached by a good friend regarding a career at Freedom 55 Financial. Together we understood that this opportunity would be a great fit. I’ve been working as a Financial Advisor for over a year now. I am lucky that I get to help my clients actualize their potentials and achieve their goals & dreams, while remaining true to my passion of helping people and working within my community. I am excited to apart of STRIVE and the community of young professionals that come with. I strive to help other movers and shakers realize their potential and follow their passions in their careers, like I did mine.
Events Officer
Mikaela McDermid - The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association
Marketing Officer
Kurtis McDermid - Odd Job Jacks
Communications Officer
Laura Christian - OLG
Recruitment Officer
Carly Dool - Floreani O'Toole and Dool Orthodontics
Advocacy Officer
Terri Sheth - RBC
Sponsorship Officer
Kristen Greco - Community Development Corporation
Member at Large
Paul Mason - the Disability Assistance Group
Hi! I am an original Saultie, moved back 2 years ago from downtown Toronto. I live and work downtown, as a financial advisor as well as helping people with disabilities get money from the government. I can be seen daily walking downtown with my dog, Chewie, as well as my toddler and wife. Frequent stops are Outspoken Brewery, Ernies diner, and the Downtown Association, where I am a board member. I am very excited to be part of Strive, as I feel the SOO is at a major turning point. Economically, politically, socially, and professionally. To be a part of that, helping the other members and executives in getting people involved, and developing the community of young professionals is important to me, as I am invested in seeing the Soo grow and develop. Oh, fun facts... I'm an avid axethrower, just started a dodgeball league in the SOO,
Chamber of Commerce Liaison
Derek Jackson - Wardlaw Heating & Cooling Inc

History of Strive Events

March 2017 – Local Leader Series featuring Jasmine Rowley, Brad Gregorini, & Greg Lefave @ Superior Nissan

March 2017 – Strive at 5 @ Arturo’s

February 2017 – Startup Sault & Strive @ Water Tower Pub

January 2017 – Strive Social @ Union Jack Brewing

November 2016 – Annual General Meeting at North 82

November 2016 – Bow Tie Bash Annual Strive Gala at The Tech

October 2016 – Local Leader Series with Dr. Kent Floreani at The Tech

September 2016 – Strive @ 5 at The Barrelhouse

August 2016 – Tee Off with Strive YPG at SSM Golf Club

June 2016 – Network @ Northern

May 2016 – Your Personal Brand workshop

April 2016 – Festival of Beer

April 2016 – Curling Funspiel

March 2016 – Local Leader Series with Tom Vair

January 2016 – Strive Social at Outspoken

December 2015 – Annual General Meeting

November 2015 – Financial Literacy & Dinner

October 2015 – Strive’s Fall Ball

July 2015 – Local Leaders Series featuring Mayor Christian Provenzano

May 2015 – Strive’s Downtown Business Hop

March 2015 – Local Leaders Series featuring Justus Weldman

January 2015 – Loplop’s Social

November 2014 – Annual General Meeting

November 2014 – Why oh Why am I a Gen Y

October 2014 – Meet the Candidates

September 2014 – Strive’s Gatsby Gala

May 2014 – Strive Crashes the Ontario Chamber of Commerce AGM

April 2014 – Festival of Beer

January 2014 – Dock’s Social

November 2013 – Annual General Meeting

November 2013 – Political Forum

June 2013 – Local Leaders Series featuring Dennis Turcotte

March 2013 – Local Leaders Series featuring Susan Hunter

February 2013 – Strive Thunderbirds Event

December 2012 – Strive Kickoff Event at Casey’s Pub

Aug 2012 – Strive YPG Group formed